Recap: Steven Flynn, Virtual Meeting May 2020

Dear Members,

SECWAC joined the world of virtual meetings on May 7th with our first Zoom session – thanks to those who called in!  Stephen Flynn, Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, presented on “The Role of Resilience in Dealing with COVID-19”.  Steve was also a founding Executive Director of the Southeast Connecticut Committee on Foreign Relations (SECCFR), the predecessor of SECWAC, back in 1998, so it was particularly appropriate to have him deliver the first SECWAC Virtual meeting!

Steve provided a fascinating tutorial on the significance of “Resilience” – what it is, and why it’s important – before applying these lessons to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Since it was a Zoom meeting, we are able to share the recording of the meeting; you may access it at this link:

Watch out for notifications on future meetings – we hope to bring you more Zoom meetings as we continue to “physical distance” over the next few months, and perhaps even after we resume our regular in-person meetings … whenever that is. 

BTW, I agree with Steve Flynn that we should not call it “social distancing” … if anything, we need to be more social, if at a distance, in these strange times!

Stay safe, and best wishes for continued health in body and spirit,

Paul Nugent
Executive Director & Program Committee Chair
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC)


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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.